How Many Is Too Many? (Wedding Guest Count)

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As you plan your wedding I’m sure you are getting SOOOOOO much feedback on who you should invite. Your friends back from your middle school math class are now incredibly interested in your life. Everyone wants to come. But where do you draw the line? How many should you invite? Today I’m going to help you break that down and find how many you SHOULD invite.

  • The Venue Capacity

    • The first thing you need to think about is how big is your venue? How many people can it hold? If it can hold 200 people, you will probably want to go a little lower than that so you don’t feel like you are all sitting on top of each other. If the venue can hold more people then great! Just find out your max number and then go from there.

  • Dinner Cost

    • The second thing you really need to consider is how much the dinner will cost per person. This tends to be a HUGE expense for couples so either you invite less people or change up your catering to save some money. I have been to many weddings where it was a buffet and one wedding where there was a dessert table. Each guest or family brought a dessert to pass so it made sure everyone was fed without the crazy price that some cakes can be!

  • Who do you really want there?

    • I have witnessed many couples and even relatives of my own that feel that they have to invite friends of relatives of their parents and even GRANDPARENTS that they have never met before to their wedding. This is completely up to you, but at the end of the day, it’s your day. The people invited should be people that you truly care about and want to be a part of your special day.

Each of you make a list of who YOU want there. Compare and then compare that with your numbers you can have. Then that would be the perfect number of guests for you. If that’s under 50 or over 500, whatever you feel is best is the perfect number for you! I hope this helped you in your adventure in finding the best number of guests for your big day!